Cascades Casino in Langley celebrated the Year of the Dragon in its annual Lunar New Year event on Saturday, Feb. 10.
A traditional lion dance and performance by the Fortune God were featured at the event, which was attended by Langley City Deputy Mayor Teri James, MLA Megan Dykeman, and councillors Leith White, Delaney Mack, Rosemary Wallace, and Paul Albreicht.
The casino has celebrated the Lunar New Year for more than 10 years, estimated Patricia Mori, guest services.
“This year was an awesome turnout, better than last year. It’s a fantastic display, and everyone that’s here receives a blessing,” she said.
The performers are part of a dance group based in Vancouver, and Mori said they come every year for the casino’s event.
“The dance symbolizes good luck and the performance will be vivid and entertaining, accompanied by beating drums and clashing cymbals,” said Raymond MacNeil, vice-president of operations, BC East of Gateway.
MacNeil explained that the word for leafy greens in Cantonese sounds similar to the word for “becoming wealthy.” So the lion dancers tear apart lettuce, which is “spat” into the audience to symbolize a blessing of prosperity in the new year.
Mori said that the casino is looking forward to holding the celebration again next year.
“We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year,” she cheered.
Langley City has a second Lunar New Year celebration taking place at the library on Saturday, Feb. 17, starting at 1:30 p.m.
The library is located at 20399 Douglas Cres.